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French President Emmanuel Macron poses before a special address to the nation, his first public comments after four weeks of nationwide 'yellow vest' protests, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Facing exceptional protests, French President Emmanuel Macron is promising to speed up tax relief for struggling workers and to scrap a tax hike for retirees. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

Hard times at the palace

Burning cars and breaking shop windows is some people's idea of a good time, and sometimes the rioters can make a case for a legitimate cause. The French can riot about as well as anyone this side of the Middle East, and they're angry about how they're expected to pay what they regard as more than their share of sacrifice.

Cosby actions, fate a shame

Recently the daughter of Broadway legend Frank Loesser, who wrote the Christmas favorite "Baby, It's Cold Outside," blamed actor Bill Cosby for the controversy involving the song's lyrics. Susan Loesser said that it reminded people of date rape because of Cosby's assault of all those women over the years. It is a shame that is a fact of life now. How times have changed.

Nothing's ever Clinton's fault

Hillary Clinton is the perfect political pinata ("Hillary's vaudeville tour flops," Web, Dec. 9). After all, she continues to dabble in a rich chaos of distractions (including the present lecture tour) all employed as narcotics to dull the pain of loss and console her fans, a kaleidoscope of excuses ranging from the misogyny motif to an arpeggio of absolution touching on FBI incompetence, Russian interference, gender abandonment, Sanders skullduggery and whatever else may stick to the wall and disguise her inability to discern and give voice to voter concern. Just how long her fans will swallow this skit before indicating growing displeasure with funhouse mirror distortions is anybody's guess, but flotsam from the SS Clinton shipwreck will continue to float along with attempts at blame deflection.

Bringing alive the great composer's music and humanity

It has long been fashionable for worshippers of "genius" to excuse the thorough nastiness of some of their idols with the all-purpose alibi that, for the truly brilliant, their work must come first with basic standards of decency running, at best, a poor second.

In this Dec. 1, 2018, file, photo released by the press office of the G20 Summit Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a plenary session on the second day of the G20 Leader's Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (G20 Press Office via AP, File) **FILE**

A discussion with Ali al-Ahmed in light of the Khashoggi assassination

Since we last spoke to Ali Al-Ahmed of the Gulf Institute here in Washington, D.C., much has changed with the "Khashoggi Affair," where a Saudi operative turned political commentator, was butchered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. We thought the time was right to sit down with Al-Ahmed again, to discuss the future of Saudi-American relations. He had a lot to say.

In this Jan. 6, 2017, file photo, a translucent screen shows smart car technology at the Intel booth during CES International in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

A.I. experts warn of loss of free will, need for morality

- The Washington Times

Pew Research Center asked 979 technology experts, business and policy leaders, scientists and science-minded activists and the like just how they thought artificial intelligence would impact humans by the year 2030 -- and while 63 percent waxed positive, another 37 percent warned of the negatives. That's a sizable percentage.

In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., talks with reporters following a photo opportunity on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's weak whine on Paul Ryan

- The Washington Times

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on a bit of a whine fest on Twitter, calling out the country for its so-called "double standards" of giving Rep. Paul D. Ryan high marks for getting elected at a young age while calling her a "fraud" for doing the same. Thing is: Ryan's not a socialist.

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